.375 H&H Magnum
Some say the .375 Holland & Holland Magnum
is our all time greatest big game cartridge. Others say it is neither fish
nor fowl, too big for deer and too little for really big stuff. But one
indisputable fact remains; The .375 H&H will drop a deer with less meat
damage than a
.270 and has
probably accounted for more dangerous game up to the size of Cape Buffalo
and elephant than any other large caliber cartridge.
As fine as the .375 H&H is, it really isn't needed in North America except when hunting the big bears at close range. But that certainly doesn't keep quite a large number of moose and elk hunters from singing it praises with each coming season. Its easy to see why. When loaded with a bullet of spitzer form, the .375 H&H shoots surprisingly flat out to 300 yards and delivers a punch matched by few other cartridges.
Until recently, the .375 H&H Magnum suffered from lack of bullet variety for handloading, but the reintroduction of the Nosler Partition, the introduction of the Speer African Grand Slam and Barnes X-Bullets, and the availability of various custom bullets of controlled expansion design has put new life into this old cartridge. When maximum penetration on heavy game such as elephant and Cape Buffalo is desired, the Speer, Hornady, Barnes, and A-Square 300 grain solids are good choices. When shooting elk, moose and the larger African Antelope at relatively long range, the Sierra 300 grain spitzer boattail and the Speer 250 grain Grand Slam are tough to beat. For bone crushing shots on potentially dangerous, thin skinned game like Brown Bear, and African Lion, bullets of controlled expansion design are the only choices. They would include the Nosler Partition, the Swift A-FRame, and the Barnes X-Bullet. Two excellent powders for Holland's grand old cartridge are H4895 and IMR-4064.
Source: Hodgdon Data Manual, 26th Edition
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